New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan returns to the terrifying world of the Forest of Hands and Teeth with the short story, “Flotsam & Jetsam.” When the zombie outbreak erupts on their ship during their senior cruise, two friends escape in a life raft only to find themselves adrift in an endless ocean with no rescue in sight. What’s worse: one of them is infected.
Note: this 5,000 word short story was originally published in the anthology The Living Dead 2 edited by John Joseph Adams.
I really enjoyed the Forrest of Hands and Teeth, so when I saw this short story for free I had to grab it. I was not disappointed. What would you do if you were stuck on a life raft indefinitely with someone who could kill you. Would you save yourself or would you seek companionship in there company. Until your really in this type of situation, can you even answer that question? This short story takes us onto the life raft with Jeremy and our narrator. Jeremy has been bitten and our narrator must decide what to do. As you read he progresses from a typical teenage boy into a very scared child. His only companion, Jeremy, has night terrors and could become a zombie at any minute. Jeremy also wants to go back to the boat. The boat where they watched all there friends turn into zombies. Should he keep him on the life raft or kick him overboard. You will have to read to find out. This is an excellent short story and worth the hour or two it will take you to read it.
About the Author:
Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, The Dark and Hollow Places, and the original ebook Hare Moon. She is also the editor of Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction and the author of Divide and Conquer, the second book in Scholastic’s multi-author/multi-platform Infinity Ring series.
She has contributed to multiple story collectons, including, most recently, Zombies vs. Unicorns, Kiss Me Deadly, and Enthralled. Her work has been translated into over eighteen languages and her first novel is in production as a major motion picture. Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time and lives in Charlotte, NC